In what ways is psychotherapy special; How does it manage to heal;
Psychotherapy uses narration as its particular mean.
Narration, via the particular forms that it can take throughout treatment, has the power to link and connect the data of our lives in alternative ways, so that it can deconstruct and reconstruct our view of the world, if and wherever desired. For it is far from being always the case that through therapy or analysis one strives for change. It may as well be the case that through the symptom’s relief one stands up for his right not to change.
By means of using all different kinds at our disposal of talking about our problem and its contexts (of n a r r a t i n g it), seeing it constantly under different angles and placing the therapist into different persons’ perspectives, we come to dissolve it in its arbitrary elements.
Like the Lego pieces we bring apart and connect back anew in order to produce different forms and shapes.
Psychotherapy bears new connections and produces differential ways of perceiving our stereotypical mode of the world. A mode that we either inherited uncritically, or were forced to adopt as a necessary natural reaction, which nevertheless led to our symptom.
Narration breaks with time and space, leaping from the future to the past, from past to present and back to the future, interconnecting places and scenes.
Narration also breaks with identities. Narrating the texts of our lives, we get the opportunity, by means of the therapist, to interweave the characters of our lives’ plays and to see us through their eyes. We thus get to explore and expand our images of us, their images of us, our images of them and their images of themselves. Falling in the splits and discontinuities of ourselves, we come to integrate its broken pieces within a differentiated Whole, which permits us to feel more safe within ourselves, having accepted us with our shortcomings and flaws, and having mapped more accurately our abilities and potential. Our personality, our body, our sexuality are borne on the intersection of these ruptures and lines.
Permitting us to unfold different phases in our lives changing focus, perspective, level in a free fashion and experiencing different versions of the past, or projecting ourselves alternatively in the future, psychotherapy succeeds in enriching our views of the world, producing:
a) New time and space
b) Different angles, ergo alternative choices.
Given that the definition of freedom concerns someone who has choices and is able to choose freely and with full conscience, psychotherapy becomes an act of freedom through the narrating potentials of discourse, a discourse that does not solely consist any more in language, than in the image and its paticular forces.
Permitting our words to compose, combine and destroy worlds, psychotherapy turns out to be a structuring tool of great power and critical self-determination.
Words that no longer restrict themselves to languages, but open up to images as well, and images no longer restricted to their visual dimensions.
For it is the case that throughout therapy we do not just differentially edit words, but whole sequences of our lives, so that in the very end we can eventually tell a story. Our story. Our symptom seems to be nothing else than the Mis-fit, the Dis-crepant, the In-congruous which has up till now ex-sisted in all the versions of the stories by which we have tried to bind our lives.